The EP opens with Something's Cooking itself, a tough, chugging slab of tech-house made for late, late floors. Though when I say that, it might lead you to expect some tedious boys-y minimal drum track… but no, there's enough going on here in terms of stabs, washes and random vocal snips to make it far more than that for sure. A very solid dancefloor cut indeed.
Moving on, No Boundaries is another tough, percussive affair, but this time with a BIG synth bassline and what sound suspiciously like tiny little cut-ups from Funky Green Dogs' Reach For Me. Which was always gonna win it friends round these parts! And then finally, speaking of old school samples, there's Loco, a more straight-up house offering with a funkified, west coast feel and, by way of a vocal, the "y'all are crazy, man" line from the very end of Groove Is In The Heart.
This is Ceri's very first ever record: on this evidence, let's hope we hear more from the girl soon!
Out: This week
About: Midnight Social Recordings is run by Carlo Gambino, also known for his adventures on 3am Recordings, and is based in Leeds. This is the label's fourth release.